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Enabling the Administrator Account in Windows Vista RC2


In Windows Vista, you do not have immediate access to the G_D account (Administrator). When logging into Windows Vista, you do not have the option of using this account. I believe Microsoft is doing this to protect the average user from the havoc the Administrator account can cause. Some installations and programs require this account. So how do I enable it?

From the Start menu, simply right-click on Computer and choose Manage. Next, expand Local Users and Groups and select the Users folder. The final step is to right-click on the Administrator login and choose properties. Clear the Account is Disabled checkbox and you have now enabled your Administrator account.

9 comments
CHRISEGILO
CHRISEGILO

Have you managed to locally enable this account on Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium? I played with it for about ten minutes, then I hit my vista threshold and loose interest. As you know, you cannot manage users from windows GUI. I attempted "net user administrator XXXXX /active" etc, and it just gives me access denied errors. Microsoft, keeping control of our computers. Getting a little hasty now aren?t they! Regards, Chris Egilo

clockwork77
clockwork77

To activate the Administrator account in Windows Vista Home you have to run the command prompt as Administrator: 1) Click Start 2) In the Search Box type "CMD" 3) In the results you should see "CMD" 4) Right click on the "CMD" result 5) Left click on "Run as Administrator" 6) It will open the command prompt as Admin 7) At the prompt type the following: net user administrator /active 8) It should tell you it was successfull 9) Close the command prompt window 10) Make any changes you want to that account using the Users Account tool in the Control Panel.

beckman
beckman

Hi you can activate Administrator through the control panel in standard view double click on Administrative tools and select Computer Man. It should be the top one. Click on User and group this should bring up the active users and administrator accounts. Click on Administrator account and enable it. This will enable administrator's account.

jwbigtex420
jwbigtex420

Once you activate administrator how do you deactivate it?

iwadday
iwadday

Simply follow the instruction from clockwork77. it works 1000% :) i manage to do that and its perfectly fine. thanks

philargyry
philargyry

Several posters suggest activating the administrator password using the Administrative Tools function in Control Panels through Local Users And Groups. That's where the advice falls short, because that set of variable is not present in this edition of Vista. Perhaps it is supposed to be, because even Microsoft product support has been surprised that is is unavailable.

12345tinvicter
12345tinvicter

My new computer is Vista and wireless. My old is XP pro and cable modem w/ router. I dont know why I cannot see local users adn groups in my vista wireless. it seems like I made this computer part of a network w/ no admin capability.I only want to hook up to the router si I can use my wireless internet. I am transferring files from the old to new but the new is tgelling me I dont have admin and I am unable to do it now. I was able to transfer before. What happened and what is the solution?

corey.valentine
corey.valentine

follow the same instructions as previous post but make this change to deactivate the account. net user administrator /active:no

CHRISEGILO
CHRISEGILO

If you are running Vista Home Basic/Premium, you do not have access to the user/groups snap in, similar to windows XP Home. It has limited administrative functionality, and most administration should be completed from the command line using the "NET USER" command switches (http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/net_user.mspx?mfr=true). [It sounds like you are asking for the "User and Groups" Snap In, although I am not sure why you are associating it with a wireless connection] If you are looking for the users and groups snap in you can find that by clicking --->START --->RUN / then type "MMC.exe". The from the file menu, select add/remove snap in. Select the USER and GROUP snap in. You will discover fast if you have the home version of VISTA, as it will indicate that this function is disabled. [Info on mass file transfers from XP to VISTA] When transferring a large amount of files, you should use the "File and Settings transfer" wizard, to reduce lost time in the event your connection resets. Make sure that the "Enable IEEE 802.1x AUTHENTICATION" box is not checked in the advanced tab of your wireless network settings dialogue. Windows likes to set this as default, and you will most certainly become frustrated when your connection constantly resets. If possible, it is a good idea to use a network cable rather then a wireless signal to transfer a large amount of files. Should you need any further clarification, I would be pleased to assist you. Regards, Chris Egilo.

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